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Tip of The Week: Black Black Hills - A Drowning

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Dan Lucas Dan Lucas | 10:30 UK time, Monday, 10 October 2011

Black Black Hills are a Brighton four-piece that are unashamed to make pop music, albeit at the more intricate intelligent end of the ever-present genre. Their sound is reminiscent of Nick Cave or some other deep voiced storyteller, mixing words and dark organ chords with driving, pulsating rhythms.

Their debut single, The Celebration, really sums up their sound; a militant introduction marches us bravely into a powerful wave of keyboards, drum crashes and dark blues vocals that make it near impossible not to be swept away by it all. They've got a pretty freaky video for it too which should serve as a stark warning to all you avid metal detector enthusiasts out there that plan to venture into the forest this week!

Having shared stages with bands like Maps & Atlases, The Fall, The Vaccines and Shy Child, they've been learning what it takes to create a captivating live show, and by many accounts it's something they've already acheived in venues across the country. The aim of this band is plain and simple:

“All we have ever wanted to achieve was to create a really strong collection of songs that we are really proud of. We want to release as much as possible, play lots of shows and just share our music."

You have to respect that.

Their latest single A Drowning has been described by lead vocalist Sammy as "a simple love song. It talks about the experience of drowning, but as a metaphor, that celebrates giving yourself up to something or someone". Something a bit thought-provoking on Radio 1 is always welcomed by me, but whether you want to get deep and explore your inner thoughts on love, loss and life, or you just wanna sit back and enjoy the music, it's on the Radio 1 playlist all week for your listening pleasure.


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